Thursday, October 13, 2011
Predictions: ACC Week 7
By Heather Dinich
I was close to picking Wake Forest to win last weekend. Really, really close. But I didn’t, and it was the lone missed pick of Week 6. My 5-1 record last week put me at 44-10 on the season for an 81.5 winning percentage this year. I’m not going to make the same mistake again, though, this week.
Florida State, you’re on upset alert:
Duke 35, Florida State 34: Duke will do exactly what Wake Forest did, and beat the Seminoles with their passing game and their discipline. Duke didn’t allow a turnover or a sack in its come-from-behind road win over FIU. Florida State has made a habit out of untimely penalties, and had five turnovers in the loss to Wake Forest. Duke has a chance to catch the Noles when they’re down, and David Cutcliffe will make sure they do.
Clemson 31, Maryland 21: Tajh Boyd is expected to start, but will his hip injury be any factor? Maryland’s defense will be gunning for him, and its performance against Georgia Tech should have given the Terps some confidence. It won’t be enough, though, to stop Clemson’s offense. If Boyd can stay on his feet, he’ll be the difference. Maryland’s quarterback situation is in flux, as either Danny O’Brien or C.J. Brown will start.
Virginia Tech 28, Wake Forest 21: Florida State probably underestimated Wake Forest. Frank Beamer will not. The Hokies, even with their injury-laden defense, will rattle quarterback Tanner Price into a costly turnover, and they will win the ground game with David Wilson.
Georgia Tech 45, Virginia 21: The Cavaliers’ defense won’t be able to stop Georgia Tech. It’s that simple. Yes, they had a bye week to prepare, but game speed is a different story. The Yellow Jackets will catch Virginia snoozing and continue to break away for more big plays. Quarterback Tevin Washington will have the edge at quarterback.
North Carolina 21, Miami 17: How many more heartbreakers can Miami stand? The Tar Heels’ defense will be the cause of this one. Miami running back Lamar Miller will get his yards, and so will UNC tailback Giovani Bernard, but North Carolina’s stingy defense will pressure Jacory Harris into his first turnover in three games.